Letters to the Editor

Slaying ‘sacred cows’

  • Cultural referent: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, centre, speaks on July 19 (Photograph by Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service/AP)

Dear Sir,

I very much enjoyed Walker Zupp’s letter, published on October 22. His razor wit and command of language are delicious. No wonder he’s on the short track to a PhD in creative writing and has had a novel accepted for publishing.

It does not matter whether you or I agree with all the points he makes; it is entertaining to see how he makes them.

He’s not out to please the bourgeoisie — middle classes, Ms Cheryl-Ann Griffin, long used in the English language — or dumb himself down. His references are acute — if we hadn’t seen a picture of former premier Alex Scott in a Mandarin jacket, we might not have understood the reference to Kim Jong Un.

The comment about sending “a big old delivery of snowy Catholics and Protestants” to Britain is hilarious.

What I have enjoyed in particular is that Mr Zupp has kicked political correctness in the butt — well done, Walker! — and attacked sacred cows, a metaphor, applying to people who consider themselves above the law, Ms Griffin, with gusto.

Then came Ms Griffin’s “response”, and it seems she and I read completely different versions of Mr Zupp’s letter.

Dylann Roof? Fantasising about eliminating the black race? Fearing the black community will grow too powerful? Fearing the white race is disappearing? Really? I have reread Walker’s letter several times now and I cannot find anything that is threatening to anyone in the community.

You’re quite right, Walker: this is precisely why people are afraid to express their opinions.

As for me, my very first Letter to the Editor was in 1974 or 1975, when, apropos of something that Sir John Swan, then a Cabinet minister, said in Parliament, I accused him of becoming a tinpot dictator.

He came in for a whole lot of drubbing from his fellow parliamentarians, but I don’t think anyone was truly offended.

Our “sacred cows” used to be able to take criticism so much better, it seems.


Hamilton Parish